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dr. desi hadzakis
Dr Desi Hadzakis attended the University of Melbourne where she enjoyed her time across two faculties and received her Bachelor of Dental Science with Honours in 1995. She is a member of the Australian Dental Association, APHRA, Australian Periodontal Association.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Desi has practiced widely and broadly for years across suburban Melbourne and as far as regional Victoria in Ararat, before establishing her own practice in Frankston.
Desi accepted an invitation from the University of Melbourne to return as a Senior Clinical Demonstrator giving generously and enthusiastically of her knowledge and experience to the final year dental students.
Desi enjoys all aspects of dentistry, from the artistic cosmetic side, treating children, periodontics through to treating anxious patients. Desi is also trained and qualified in Dental Botox and fillers.
Desi's philosophy is to treat everyone with kindness and respect in a calm and friendly manner. Her priority is to make sure you are always comfortable. In her spare time, Desi enjoys spending time with her three sons, listening to all types of music attending concerts and walking.
DR. PURVI SHAH
Dr. Purvi has been working as a dentist since 2009 in Melbourne. She has been accredited by Australian Dental Council and is a member of Australian Dental
Association. She completed her Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2007 with Distinction. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry especially Cosmetic dentistry and root canal treatments. She likes to keep herself abreast of the latest procedures by regularly attending continuing education programmes.
Dr. Purvi is passionate about dentistry and has a modern holistic approach in tailoring treatments to each patient’s individual requirements. Her approach is
extremely gentle and empathetic which makes long complex dental treatments comfortable. Dentistry has provided her an opportunity to combine her interest in arts and health sciences - to provide dental solutions that are both beautiful and functional. She loves involving and educating her patients to make informed decisions about their dental treatment and empowering them to maintain their healthy smile for life.
Outside of work, she enjoys listening to music, travel, badminton and exploring new restaurants. Other than English, she is fluent in Hindi and Gujarati.
DR. DARREN LIM
Born and raised in Wellington, Darren has been proud to call Australia home for over 10 years. He was initially torn between the fields of medicine, architecture, and engineering until he realised that being a dentist would allow him to combine the altruism, artistry, and science of all three! Darren completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2016 at the University of Otago in New Zealand and had a busy few years working in Gippsland before settling back in Melbourne.
Darren centres his care around the philosophy of “treating others how you would like to be treated” so you can be confident your best interests are at heart. He will take the time every appointment to not only make sure your concerns are addressed but also get to know you as a person - not just a set of pearly whites. Nervous patients can relax as well because Darren knows firsthand what it is like wanting to avoid the dentist and is great at easing you into things (he even used to walk the long way to primary school to avoid the local clinic!).
In his spare time, Darren enjoys travelling, keeping fit at the gym and is always on the hunt for good
food and drink. Although Australia is home now, his sporting loyalty still lies with New Zealand and he is an avid supporter of the All Blacks and Black Caps.
DR. MAY KWA
Dr. May Kwa grew up in Perth, Western Australia. She studied at St. Joachim's High School and entered the University of Western Australia to pursue her interest in Dentistry.
Following graduation and attaining her Bachelor of Dental Science degree in 1995, May served in the Royal Australian Navy as a dental officer with a rank of Lieutenant until year 2000. Since then, May has provided dental care to patients in Victoria, mainly in the Mornington Peninsula.
May has been an associate with Dr. Desi Hadzakis's family practice, the Frankston Dental Group, since 2012 and will continue to care for dental patients in the Frankston area and surrounds.
The art and science of Dentistry has progressed in leaps and bounds in our digital age and May continues to update her dental skills with the Continuing Dental Education made available via the Australian Dental Association of Victoria.
May lives with her partner, Paul, in Somers, Mornington Peninsula and enjoys bush walks and bike riding around the area.